Jesse Tannehill

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Jesse Tannehill
Jesse Tannehill baseball card.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1874-07-14)July 14, 1874
Dayton, Kentucky
Died: September 22, 1956(1956-09-22) (aged 82)
Dayton, Kentucky
Batted: Both Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 17, 1894 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
April 12, 1911 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Win–loss record 197–117
Earned run average 2.79
Strikeouts 940
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1901, 1902
  • American League pennant: 1904
  • National League ERA champion: 1901
  • 6 20-win seasons
  • Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Won-Loss % Leader (.667)

Jesse Niles Tannehill was a dead-ball era left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox, and the Washington Senators. Tannehill was among the best pitchers of his era and was one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time. In fact, Tannehill was such a good hitter that he was used in the outfield 87 times in his career.

Biography and Playing Career[edit]

Tannehill was born on July 14, 1874 in Dayton, KY. He broke into the National League at the age of 19 with the Cincinnati Reds; however, he struggled in 29 innings and did not reappear in the major leagues until three years later. After a partial season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1897, Tannehill, in 1898, set a career high in both innings pitched (32623) and wins (25). Tannehill had several good years with the Pirates until his career year in 1901, when he led the National League in ERA at 2.18. Tannehill posted an even better ERA in 1902––1.95––but as the league ERA had dropped even more precipitously, he did not lead the National League in ERA.

After six years with the Pirates in the National League, Tannehill got involved in a salary dispute with Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. As a result, Tannehill jumped to the startup American League franchise, the New York Highlanders. After the season, he was traded by the Highlanders to the Boston Americans for Tom L. Hughes. Tannehill still had some good years left, however. He was an important part of the Boston Americans championship team of 1904, pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on August 17, 1904 (his brother Lee went 0 for three for Chicago) and continued to be an above average pitcher until 1907. After this, however, Tannehill went into precipitous decline, as he was traded to the Washington Senators for Case Patten. Tannehill retired from baseball in 1911, with a career ERA of 2.79 and 197 career wins.

After Baseball[edit]

After retiring as a player, Tannehill managed the Portsmouth Truckers of the Virginia League in 1914. He then served as an umpire in the Ohio State League, International League, and Western League, before returning to the Majors as a coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1920, a stint that lasted one season. In 1923 he managed the Topeka Kaws in the Southwestern League.

In his later years, Tannehill worked in a Cincinnati machine shop and was a frequent visitor to Crosley Field, the home of the Cincinnati Reds from 1912 to 1970. He died of a stroke at Speers Hospital in Dayton, Campbell County, Kentucky on September 22, 1956.

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Preceded by
Rube Waddell
National League ERA Champion
1901
Succeeded by
Jack Taylor
Preceded by
Cy Young
No-hitter pitcher
August 17, 1904
Succeeded by
Christy Mathewson